Tuesday, November 05, 2002
James Taranto has a bit at the end of Best of the Web about a Madagascar soccer team. We saw this several days ago in La Vanguardia. What happened was that, with the score 0-0, the Stade Olympique team became enraged with the referee. In protest, they proceeded to intentionally kick the ball into their own goal, and continued to do so for the rest of the game. They lost 149-0, an apparent all-time record in an official soccer game in any league. The Madagascar Soccer Federation is very put out. We will point out that Reuters is a British news service and is thus perfectly justified in referring to the sport we Yanks call soccer as football, much as we hate to stick up for Reuters.